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Getting Buy-In for a Business Continuity Management System

Written by  John A. DiMaria, CSSBB, HISP, MHISP, AMBCI April 24, 2014

Organizational buy-in is critical to the success of your business continuity management system (BCMS) implementation efforts. Getting all stakeholders on board at the outset will help gain the support to conduct research and follow up on findings collected. Support from senior leadership will especially lend authority to your BCMS project and help you to: Ensure you have the budget and resources you need Understand relevant business, program, and customer priorities Overcome organizational silos; and Support follow-up activities to take action on findings and make improvements. Top Management Buy-in: The Challenge The adoption of a BCMS should be a strategic decision of an organization. This is because the importance of ensuring the ongoing availability of vital business assets, the benefit of attracting new clients, and the essential need to protect your organization from a legal and compliance standpoint are all strategic issues. However, it can be difficult to get buy-in at the very top of organizations because BCM